Darcie is a graduate student who spends her free time writing and learning everything she can about cryptozoology, aliens, and the unusual.
This will be quite a bit more of a conspiracy theory than the topics I usually write on. I just thought I'd issue that warning for anyone who is familiar with the cryptozoology topics I usually cover.
But considering how often this topic is covered on a certain TV show I frequently watch, I felt compelled to write something on it.
The Dulce Base
In Dulce, New Mexico, there is allegedly a secret underground alien base. Claims of this base first arose in 1979, when Albuquerque businessman Paul Bennewitz became convinced he was intercepting electronic communications from aliens. By the 1980s, he believed he had discovered Dulce Base.
The story of Bennewitz and the Dulce Base spread throughout the UFO community, and in 1990, UFOlogist John Lear claimed he had independent confirmations of Dulce Base's existence.
Michael Barkun, a political scientist, has said that because underground missile installations from the Cold War are in the area, some small plausibility is given to these rumors, and has only fueled the legend of Dulce Base.
Phil Schneider's Story
The biggest reveal about the so-called Dulce Base came in 1995, when Phil Schneider, an explosives engineer who worked for the United States government and had had a high security clearance, claimed he had been involved in a firefight within the Dulce Base, which eventually became known as The Battle of Dulce.
Schneider said that in 1979, while part of a work team that was drilling near the alleged site of the base, he became suspicious due to the presence of Green Berets and Special Forces around the site. But the turning point was when his team was drilling and, according to Schneider, "All the black sooty air came up when we drilled holes there."
Schneider went underground to make an assessment of the strange output from the holes, which is when he encountered a seven foot tall Gray alien. Schneider said of this creature, "The stench was worse than the worst garbage can. The entity was absolutely horrible."
Now in a panic, Schneider grabbed a pistol he happened to be carrying and shot and killed two other aliens. This set off a chain reaction. According to an article in the Epoch Times titled "Alien-Human Battle of 1979 in New Mexico: Alleged Eye-Witness Report," which retells Schneider's story, "The alien made a sort of circular motion with his hand, waving it in front of his chest. Schneider imitated the motion. 'The next thing I knew, this blue beam hit me and just literally opened me up like a fish.' He showed the audience his hand. The beam burned off some of the fingers on his left hand and hit his chest. It also burned his shoes off and even burned his toenails off."
Schneider claimed he was saved by a Green Beret who sacrificed himself, allowing Schneider to become one of the three survivors of the Battle of Dulce. In all, 60 humans were killed, along with an unspecified number of aliens.
Schneider said the other two survivors were in Canadian nursing homes and protected by Canadian police. No American, including Schneider himself, was allowed access to them, for fear of kidnapping.
One of Schneider's other revelations was that the Dulce Base is not an isolated case. In that same Epoch Times article, it was said of his reveal, "'There's a war under there and it's been going on since that time,' he said. He spoke of 1,477 underground bases around the world, 129 of which were located in the United States. Each cost $17 billion or more. He said the Black Budget, hidden from other US government agencies and from the public, garners 25% of the gross national product. Military forces from multiple countries have been engaged in such warfare with aliens, he said."
Schneider was an advocate who called for government transparency regarding their knowledge of alien life up until his death in January 1996. He was found in his apartment with piano wire wrapped around his neck, and his death was ultimately ruled a suicide.
However, Schneider had previously claimed multiple attempts had been made on his life in an effort to silence him, and some people claimed his death had the markings of an execution, as well as that it appeared he was tortured before his death. This has fueled speculation that he was actually murdered, and Schneider's supporters believe that he was indeed silenced for speaking out about his experiences.
The rumors of Dulce Base have survived well into the modern day. The History Channel's series Unsealed: Alien Files frequently references The Battle of Dulce and plays clips of Phil Schneider in many episodes, which is where I originally learned of the alleged existence of Dulce Base.
An article from Before It's News claimed that it is "the largest Reptilian and Gray base in America," and that the experiments that go on there include "atomic manipulation, cloning, studies of the human aura, advanced mind control applications, animal/human crossbreeding, visual and audio human chip implantation, abduction, and feeding off of humans." There is even footage floating around online that has allegedly been smuggled out of Dulce Base, which supposedly shows "where humans and aliens work together on horrific bio genetic experiments" and alleges that it shows the infamous cryo tanks.
It's my personal belief that if this footage was real, it wouldn't be so easily accessible on YouTube, but everyone is entitled to their own beliefs on the subject.
Michael Barkun says that the stories about how aliens experiment on abductees and engage in firefights with the military are "well outside even the most far-fetched reports of secret underground bases," even if the Cold War missile installations do seem to lend credibility to stories of things like the Dulce Base.
So what's the truth of the matter? Until further concrete evidence comes out on either side of the argument, I don't think anyone on the outside looking in will know for sure.